Imperative

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Imperative Form : ( Base form (verb 1) )

In English we use imperatives to :

  • give very strong advice 
  • give instructions
  • give orders

The positive imperative is the same as the infinitive. The negative imperative is don't + infinitive.   

Notes for use of imperatives :

In English an imperative sentence does not require a subject; the pronoun "you" is implied. 

Imperative Example Sentences : 

Positive Examples of Imperatives :

  • Stop smoking. 
  • Do more exercise. 
  • Eat more vegetables.  
  • Do your homework!  

Negative Examples of Imperatives :

  • Don't eat a lot of salt. 
  • Don't drink too much alcohol. 
  • Don't be a couch potato. 
  • Don't show your partner your questions.
Imperative example sentences
Congratulations! Please come this way!
Come on! Let me introduce you to them.
You don't have to go to the garden, dear, just smoke in the kitchen.
Let me ask.
Okay, let me get the coffees first.
Let me ask the girls if they want something, too.
I have discovered this recently, listen to the lyrics.
Here is your f*cking tenner, spend it wisely!
Yes, we have paper towels, I can clean it up, don't worry!
I'm dead serious, just check the prices on your phone.
Sleep well and sweet dreams.
The toilet is being fixed on this floor, please use the upstairs.
Michael, grab the door knob and pull it as hard as you can!
That's a good idea, let me get him then.
Yeah, I can give you a kiss, come here.
Don't be a f*cking liar!
He might be overly excited, try not to hold him too tight.
Please tell me it's a joke!
Oh god! Look at the queues at the counters.
Don't act like you don't understand.


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